Playtech 5 Ages of Gold Video Slot Review

Try and discover the lost riches of El Dorado in 5 Ages of Gold, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot from Playtech. Superbly designed, it comes with special bonus wilds that can deliver instant wins of up to 50 times your bet. Trigger the feature and you’ll have the pick of 5 different free spin and wild multiplier combinations. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 30p and £300 per spin.

Set against a jungle backdrop, you’ll see stylised A to 9 symbols alongside a selection of more rewarding icon symbols. In order of value are the corn and frogs, turtles and birds. The best paying symbol is the goddess sporting a natty headdress. She pays 1.66, 3.33 or 33.3 times your total bet if you manage to land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.

The wild can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. It replaces everything apart from the scatter. Joining the standard wilds is the Bonus Wild. When this lands on reel 3, it can deliver an instant cash payout of up to 50 times your total bet in the Wild Bonus feature. Alternatively, it could trigger the Free Games feature.

That Free Games feature can also be activated by landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the same spin. You’ll then receive 5, 10 or 50 times your bet. You’ll then have the pick of 5 different free spin and wild multiplier combinations. Here are the options.

  • 25 free spins with 2x, 3x or 5x wild multipliers
  • 20 free spins with 3x, 5x or 8x wild multipliers
  • 15 free spins with 5x, 8x or 10x wild multipliers
  • 13 free spins with 8x, 10x or 15x wild multipliers
  • 10 free spins with 10x, 15x or 30x wild multipliers

Look out for scatters appearing as you can retrigger the feature once – this can give you 20 free spins with wild multipliers up to 30x (for example).

There’s nothing particularly complicated about 5 Ages of Gold which is appropriate enough given the primitive setting. It’s well designed though, and the Free Games feature can be a cracker if the multipliers work their spell. Medium to high variance, you can win 1,000 times your bet on every spin – combine the 30x wild multipliers and this gives you potential wins of 30,000 times your bet!

This theme has proved a popular one with video slots players and 5 Ages of Gold is a perfectly solid new addition. Alternatively, NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest still stands the test of time despite being released in 2009.

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